smoke treesmoke tree
- a small, bushy, Old World tree (Cotinus coggygria) of the cashew family, with filmy, feathery flower clusters resembling smoke
- a tree (Cotinus americanus) of the cashew family, growing in the SW U.S. and having brilliant orange and scarlet coloring in the fall
Either of two deciduous shrubs or small trees, Cotinus obovatus, of the southern United States, or C. coggygria, native to Eurasia and widely cultivated elsewhere, having plumose flower clusters.
Origin of smoke treeFrom the resemblance of the flower clusters to puffs of smoke.